A TOP order collapse saw Somerville fall short of victory in their clash against Heatherhill on Saturday.
Heatherhill chose to bat first, and opener Don Pulukkuttiarachchi was in impressive form. He scored a half century, with his side making 185 before their innings came to a close.
Somerville struggled, with five of their top six batsmen dismissed for scores of less than ten. Three of those batsmen went out for just one run.
Number four batsman Bradley McDonald tried his best to drag his side over the line, but his knock of 57 wasn’t enough. Somerville ended up losing by 41 runs.
Long Island have notched up a good win against Moorooduc.
Zachery Wilson and Pubudu Edirisinghe were the best performers for the victors, scoring 66 and 51 respectively.
Long Island set Moorooduc a target of 208 to chase down. Moorooduc ended up at 167 when stumps was called.
At Eric Bell Reserve, Pines managed to defend a low total against Flinders.
Pines set their opponents 145 to chase down. Harley Peace-Stirling was top scorer for his side with 46.
Flinders’ run chase got off to a nightmare start, with both openers dismissed for ducks. They weren’t able to recover, and went all out for 97.
Main Ridge put together a big score of 210 against Seaford Tigers. The Tigers lost by 90 runs.
Jordan McCulley took 7/59, sending all of the Tigers’ top order back to the sheds. The figures were his best ever in the MPCA.
HASTINGS let a good chance to win go to waste on Saturday.
Hosting Delacombe Park, the home side managed to keep their opponents to a low total. The visitors put 126 runs on the board before their innings expired.
A tail order collapse cost Hastings the win, as their bottom six batsmen combined for just 13 runs.
Hastings ended up all out for 99, 28 runs short of victory.
Matthew Whelan bowled brilliantly for Delacombe Park, taking 4/18 off his eight overs.
A near 100 run partnership between Neil Barfuss and Kip Mulvogue got Frankston YCW a win against Pearcedale.
The Stonecats set their opponents 156 to chase down. Pearcedale came up short by 52 runs.
Jack Santon played a big part for YCW, taking four wickets.
Carrum continued their good start to the 2020/2021 season with a 98 run win over Rosebud. They have now won three on the trot.
SEAFORD and Carrum Downs played out a thriller at Kananook Reserve on Saturday.
Carrum Downs chose to bat first, and were impressive. Opener Michael O’Driscoll was in the mood for runs, and finished with an unbeaten century. His knock of 107 came off 118 balls, and featured twelve boundaries.
Robert Johnston also played a part for his side, scoring 67.
Carrum Downs’ 40 overs finished with the side at 4/230. Seaford had a big task ahead of them
Opener Dil Pageni didn’t waste a moment getting Seaford’s run chase off and running. He smashed a quickfire 40 runs off just fourteen deliveries. He converted eight of the fourteen balls he faced into boundaries, three of them sixes. After he was dismissed the rate of scoring slowed, but Seaford remained in the hunt.
After their middle order fell Seaford looked in a tricky position at 8/177. An impressive late showing from Mitch Anderson nearly got them over the line, as he scored 37 runs off just 21 balls. Unfortunately for him it was just too little, just too late.
Seaford’s innings came to an end at 8/229. They lost by just one run.
Tootgarook and Rye also clashed in a nailbiter last weekend.
Tootgarook only put 132 runs on the board before being bowled out, giving their bowlers a tough job to do to prevent a defeat.
Rye couldn’t capitalise though, and ended up all out for 128. Just five more runs would have secured them the points.
A hard fought half century from opener Azhar Zeeshan helped Skye to a narrow two wicket win over Tyabb.
The Yabbies were held to a score of 136. They struggled to deal with the bowling of Ishtiaq Ahmed, who took 4/26.
Skye ended up reaching their target with two wickets and three overs to spare.
Balnarring took home the chocolates against Ballam Park, defending their total of 164. Ballam Park lost by 23.
Boneo endured a horrible day on their home deck, being bowled out for just 67 off 26 overs.
Mt Martha made quick work of that target, reaching it in just 20 overs to wrap up a quick day’s work.
A BRILLIANT century by Beau Anthony has helped Baden Powell get the win in a high-scoring clash against Mornington.
Anthony smashed 126 runs at Alexandra Park. The score is his best ever for his side.
At the end of Baden Powell’s innings they had put 233 runs on the scoreboard, giving Mornington a tall mountain to climb.
Mornington worked hard to keep themselves in the game, and nearly pulled off the win. Matt Foon was their best performer, contributing 81 runs to the chase.
At the end of Mornington’s 40 overs they had put together a score of 6/222, not quite enough for the win.
Baxter came agonisingly close to a win on Saturday as they took on Mt Eliza at Emil Madsen Reserve.
Opener Tim Strickland was the only batsman to make a big scoreboard impact for the Redlegs. His knock of 60 helped his side to a total of 8/135.
It was a similar story for Baxter. Opener Sam Mullavey scored 63 not out, but he got no help from his partners.
The next best batsman for Baxter scored 19. They ended up finishing their innings at 7/130, just short of a win.
Sorrento had to work hard for it, but they managed to get the points against Red Hill.
Sorrento scored just 116 in their innings, but managed to bowl out their opponents for only 99.
Robert Wilson played a pivotal role for the Sharks, posting bowling figures of 4/23.
Peninsula Old Boys got the better of Langwarrin away from home, chasing down a target of 122 to claim a four wicket win.